At The Law Office of Gerald F. Chefalo, we have extensive experience representing clients in Northern Michigan charged with drug possession, drug or narcotic sales, and delivery or manufacture. Narcotic and drug offenses are among the most widely prosecuted crimes in Michigan. If you have been charged with a drug violation, do not answer any questions without an attorney present. You have rights that you may not be familiar with, and an attorney can protect those rights. If the police want to talk to you it is likely that they do not have enough information to charge you yet and are hoping you will incriminate yourself. CALL US IMMEDIATELY at (231) 929-7744. This is why we answer our telephone 24/7 so we can assist you.
Penalties for drug convictions are severe and can range from prison, jail, probation or community service along with heavy fines and court costs. An experienced attorney with a proven record, such as Gerald F. Chefalo, knows federal and state laws, the judges, and prosecutors, can effectively defend your rights. We have helped many clients whose legal problems involved alcohol or drugs. In some cases, we have helped them help themselves by beginning the rehabilitation process while their case is pending.
Federal and state drug possession laws make it a crime to willfully possess illegal controlled substances such as marijuana, methamphetamine, cocaine, LSD, “club drugs” and heroin. Drug crimes may include trafficking, possession, possession with intent to sell, and being under the influence of a controlled or illicit substance. The most frequent strength in cases against clients is the physical evidence, such as drugs seized in the arrest, or the results of tests conducted by law enforcement. A proven attorney can defend against drug charges by challenging the validity of that evidence by reviewing how it was found, seized or tested. A proven attorney can also negotiate to minimize penalties, reduce charges or try to negotiate a rehabilitation program in lieu of other penalties.
Many people harbor the mistaken belief that only addicts have drug problems. This is simply not true. Anyone can become addicted to drugs but many people who are not addicts get caught with recreational type drugs. In addition, drug dependence can happen accidentally when legally prescribed drugs cause a chemical dependence. For example, Oxycontin has a powerful addictive potential, and this is becoming more evident each day. People turn to drugs to fight pain, whether it’s physical and a legitimate use of medicine, or relief from stress or mental anguish. In the eyes of the law, heroin junkies and an employed professional possessing Vicodin face the same legal issues and penalties.